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August, 2018

Ever wonder what leads individuals to find their careers? It was migraine headaches that brought Dr. Mackenzie to Chiropractic Care!

“When I was 16 years old I started suffering from chronic migraines. At that age I was extremely active in sports and in the community, and knew that my parents were making sure my siblings and I were eating a well-balanced diet. I figured since I was young, and seemingly healthy, I never mentioned them to anyone for a long time. I would brush it under the rug, attributing it to lack of caffeine or changes in hormones. I did what any other person would, and I kept OTC extra strength migraine pills in my purse.

“By the time I was 18 years old, I was taking alleviating medications daily. If the "prescribed dosage" recommended 2x every 4 hours, I would take them. For me, what I thought I was doing was "preventing" my migraines the only way I knew how. I would always have a consistent dull ache, and sometimes, even with the pain-relievers, I would still wake up with a full-blown Migraine. After a routine checkup with my dentist I was informed I was grinding my teeth at night, and had TMJ dysfunction. He asked if I ever had headaches, and I exclaimed, "ALL THE TIME!". His solution was a night brace to wear to keep me from grinding my teeth. Other than that, the issue, was unsolvable. “When I met Dr. Mike during our undergraduate studies, he was deeply concerned about my situation. First, we thought I may need to get my vision checked. Even after obtaining a low prescription for my eyesite, I was still getting headaches, and migraines. Then he mentioned his cousin also had TMJ dysfunction, and had great success with her symptoms after seeing a Chiropractor.

“Although, I was terrified of Chiropractic care, I was so desperate for relief. I was tired of carrying the medications on me, and I knew they were contributing to long term breakdown within my body.

“At 19 years old, I received my very first Chiropractic adjustment for a subluxation in my upper cervical spine. My numbed, dull, headache I was currently experiencing at the time, instantly went away. I did not feel the need to take any more pain relievers for the rest of the day. The next morning, for the first time in almost 5 years, I had woken up without ANY PAIN!

“To me it was a miracle. After years of education and exposure, I now know that pain-relief is just the tip of the iceberg! The corrections relieve torsion and tension on the spinal cord and surrounding muscles, alleviating the symptoms that made up my migraine headaches.

“An aligned spine and healthy nervous system has not only allowed me to live migraine free, but has also improved other areas of my life I never even knew were "problems". Overall, the impact Chiropractic care has had on my life has been astounding. Yet, it was that freedom from the initial symptom of the migraines that made me yearn to discover more.

“I am so proud to have Chiropractic in my and my family's life, and honored to be able to share its benefits with my community!” – Dr. Mackenzie

So What Can Thrive Do For You to Help With Your Migraines or Headaches?

Spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments can help improve spinal function and help with stress in the head and neck. Ask us for advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques which will help with joint stress and stress in the neck and head!

We don’t simply want you to survive… we want you to THRIVE!